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  1. "Where the Guild might have strength is in sourcing a large enough order of eg wheel sets as to be able to either purchase at a cheaper price or alternatively source manufacture at a cheaoer price. Bulk buying of suitable motors should also result in good quality at lower price points. I suggested sheets of plasticard provided to cut out flat parts from - take that a step further and have the parts laser-printed (or etched/burnt/whatever) so they simply need cutting out (rather than producing expensive plastic-moulded kit parts) and commission resin-cast (maybe even 3D printed?) details such as buffers, radiator grills etc. I suggested the 4DS as that is such a small and simple diesel outline - I wouldn't know what to suggest for a steam loco!" Let us just say that the Guild can buy wheelsets at 10 GBP a set if they buy 1000. this is only 10,000 GBP they would tie up in wheel sets plus whatever else would be needed to build up this "cheap" kit you are suggesting. What could possibly go wrong? Regards, Craig
  2. Hi Mark, I just read through the instructions and notes with the L/P. The kit had its origins with a Carl Legg and Malcolm Mitchell project and David Geen appears to have purchased it. Carl Legg started to do some changes before he passed away and David included a supplementary detail etch with the basic body. This etch has the steps on it. One of the etches has CPL products on it. I have a few David Geen coach kits and I think this is the only one that was not original. Regards, Craig W
  3. Was in the David Geen range, originally from CPL ... Regards, Craig W
  4. An item I won on Ebay was shipped (to Australia) on the 20th of March (post marked) and finally arrived here on the 5th of June. As a result, I have been loathe to purchase anything else until now. Hopefully things have started to stabilise and will improve. Regards, Craig W
  5. I look forward to more variations on the theme. Here are my 3 latest wagons. All from David Geen kits. I have a bit of a stash to work through. Regards, Craig W
  6. As this is the approach I use, I may be a bit biased. I think that is a 1000% improvement on the Coopercraft original. It is just a shame one must resort to all sort of dodges to get hold of the tarp bar mechanism. Well done! Regards, Craig W
  7. I saw them on an australian tour a few years ago, absolutely brilliant Craig W
  8. The squiggles are actually just done with a very fine paint brush and slightly off white paint. I tend to confine myself to crosses, numbers and such or the occasional destination. They have to look scribbled or quickly applied - which they were. I have now had transfers done (via Fox) for the "Ventilated Van" marking and also the earlier NCU marking. I need to do another couple of vans to use them now! Regards, Craig W
  9. In GWR Goods services part 2A, on page 56 there is a photo of a few early O4 5 plank wagons. These are from one of the early builds prior to DC1 and they have lever brakes and cast plates. The numbers visible are 75067 and 75069. Both have cast plates on the side but 75067 has the number on the end PAINTED under the tarp bar between the end stanchions. Cant see 75069 end. Regards, Craig W
  10. I wish I could claim to be as prolific as some on here, though I have been spending quite a bit of time over the last week. I started these not so long ago (by my standards that is) and today I managed to complete them apart from painting. I have 7 GWR open wagons to the painting stage but ideally I would like to make it a dozen and then spend some time painting. These are Coopercraft O4 open wagons, although only the sides and ends are used. The underframe is by Morgan Design with a few other bits and pieces thrown in. I have enjoyed the time building things, the time seems to fly by, Hopefully I can keep this up for the next 2 weeks before I go back to work. Craig Warton
  11. Craigw

    Hornby Star Class

    Early 1920s was WW1 austerity. Brasswork painted over, though this did vary. Livery was unlined green with "Great Western" on tender. Locos had porthole windows in cab front and tall vacuum pipe at front. Tenders did not have the transverse vacuum cylinder at this point nor the heavier springs. Both are more typically C1925 Regards, Craig W
  12. I finished the first of the pair of O4 wagons yesterday and hope to do the other today so I can have a mass painting session (1 x 3 plank, 2 x 4 plank, 2 x O11 and 2 x O4). The GWR seems to have had I higher proportion of wagons fitted with tarp bars and it seems to have been a bit of an issue for them that as they were common user wagons, the GWR was basically supplying wagons fitted to use tarps for everyone. Understandably this wore thin and they do seem to have been removed over a period of time. If you were to build the O11 in early BR condition I suspect the lack of tarp bar would be correct. I think the Coopercraft labelling of the 2 x O4 kits may be a misnomer. One is labelled as a post 1925 because of the lack of the tarp bar. Photographic evidence to me indicates that the tarp gear was being removed from the 4 plank wagons as 5 plank wagons were being built with it. Regards, Craig W
  13. Happy anniversary Stephen and may there be many more. We were talking about tarpaulin supports and the like a few pages back and I showed my O11 wagons. This is the Coopercraft O4 I am working on. two actually but this one is a little more advanced. The only Coopercraft bits are the sides and ends. Morgan DC1 underframe, styrene floor and Mousa Models springs, axleboxes and buffer bases. The tarp mechanism is the Parkside spares I mentioned. I will have the pair of them finished soon I hope. Regards, Craig W
  14. The apple green stuff started in the 1960s as did the waratah on the nose. The current livery is going back to what it actually saw regular service in rather than the green that was applied when it became a notionally preserved loco. Regards, Craig W
  15. The paint was sourced by the railways from a company, not mixed by the painters so the variation was not as much as some people like to speculate. It was colour matched to paint samples from surviving 38 class components as well as some areas of original paintwork on 3801 found during the overhaul. The green was within a consistent range on all those parts. This would strongly suggest that the colour it is painted is accurate or at least one point in time. Some people seem to want it to be wrong so are looking at the greens applied in the 1960s and trying to find a difference (which there is) Craig W
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